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6 Self-Care Strategies

This one-page summary provides six examples of self-care strategies including, listening to music, yoga, aromatherapy, massage, and mindfulness apps. 

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Self-Care Music Playlists

Listening to music can relax the body and mind. Calming tones can slow your pulse and heart rate, and decrease…

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Self-Care Resources

This document provides a list of self-care resources provided by child welfare colleagues. (2019)

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Implications of Mindfulness-Informed Interventions for Trauma-Focused Practice: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This resource summarizes a study that evaluated the results of providing mindfulness training sessions to parents. (2019)

Microaggressions in the Child Welfare Workplace: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This resource summarizes the qualitative responses on the topic of microaggressions in the workplace from 30 social workers who identified…

Moderating Abusive Supervision: NCWWI 1-page Summary

According to research, almost 60% of employees will experience an abusive supervisor in their workplace. This article summary looks at the…

Impact of Public Perceptions on Child Welfare Workers: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This paper summarizes the article, “Measuring the impact of public perceptions on child welfare workers” which explores how societal perceptions…

Emotional Intelligence for Leaders: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This paper summarizes the chapter, “On Leadership” by D. Goleman which describes that while intellect, big picture thinking, and long-term…

Internal and External Job Resources:1-page Summary

This document summarizes a study that used the Job Demands and Resources (JD-R) Model with 1,917 caseworkers from three states…

Child Protective Specialist Appreciation Week Posters (NYC)

This set of posters from New York City's Admistration for Children's Services share messages of appreciation for Child Protective Specialists.…

Weaving Together Agency Staff Around Organizational Change

Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare faced big challenges to move their agency forward. NCWWI signed on to assist and to…

For Missouri Field Support Manager, It's All About Relationships

Dana Jones, a Field Support and Training Manager in Missouri, was facing high staff turnover rates and an over-stressed child…

The Power of Data for Learning and Changing

This is the story of 3 graduate students from the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare who were able to…

A New Frontier for Child Welfare in Rural North Dakota

As an MSW student at the University of North Dakota, Skye Albert received a NCWWI traineeship that sent her to…

Workforce Excellence in Missouri

The Missouri Children’s Division faced big challenges prior to 2014. Too many children were in out-of-home care, child welfare workers…

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When Preparation Meets Opportunity

Anne Graham, a child welfare middle manager from New Hampshire, developed a much needed change initiative during her participation in…

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Leading Through Understanding the Role of Life Stories

Understanding the personal journey – or context - that leads people to a career in child welfare is an important…

Changing Supervision Lenses: Zooming in and out

Effective supervisors must zoom in and out to get the full picture of any situation. Twan Stokes from Indiana Department…

Learning, Leading, Changing

For decades, the approach to workforce issues in child welfare was crisis-driven. Workers were not sufficiently supported, and states struggled…

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Competency-based Workforce Development: A Synthesis of Current Approaches

This paper defines and explains a competency-based approach, the rationale for using competency models, the history of competency models, a…

The Caseworker's Role in a Results-Oriented Culture (7 minutes)

Designed for caseworkers, this 7-minute Quickbit explores how workers can contribute to, and benefit from, practicing in a results-oriented culture.…

Leadership Academy for Middle Managers (LAMM) 3-Day Coaching Manual

The manual provides a review of the literature on coaching; the standards of effective coaching practices for LAMM, and their…

Leadership Academy for Middle Managers (LAMM): 3-Day Curriculum

This competency-based training prepares middle managers to lead meaningful change in our nation’s ability to serve our most vulnerable children,…

Leadership Academy for Middle Managers (LAMM): 3-Day Curriculum

This competency-based training prepares middle managers to lead meaningful change in our nation’s ability to serve our most vulnerable children,…

Collaborating to Collect and use Data to Inform Quality Contacts

This tip sheet offers considerations and collaborative strategies related to the collection, analysis, and use of quality contact data. 2018

The Child Welfare Worker Safety Guide

This document defines child welfare worker safety, identifies potential causes of child welfare worker safety risk, and provides recommendations for…

Simulation Labs for Child Welfare Education and Training (1-page Summary)

This document provides an overview of developing a Simulation Lab, an innovative technique being utilized with newly-hired children's services social…

Microaggressions (1-page Summary)

This document summarizes an article that evaluates microaggressions and proposes possible approaches to handling situations in which microaggressions occur. The…

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Dismantling Racial Inequity #5: Strengthening Our Efforts Through Partnerships with Academia

This fifth session of "Dismantling Racial Inequity Through Child Welfare Systems Change" webinar series will highlight New York State’s Office…

A Results-Oriented Culture (7 minute microlearning)

Leaders in a results-oriented culture look at data, interpret it, and take action to make changes to improve outcomes based…

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Real Stories from the Field Tool Kit

This toolkit features real stories and supports discussions with staff, students, and/or community members about innovative workforce development initiatives to…

Partnership for Sustainable Change (12 minutes)

Research indicates that change is not sustainable when we do not meaningfully engage those most impacted by a change (even…

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CWIG Workforce Podcast Series Episode 4: Creating Change at the Local Level

The decision to embrace a system-wide workforce development approach may come from agency leaders, but sometimes the best ideas to…

Worker Resilience: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This document summarizes an article that weaves together quantitative and qualitative research to explore how social workers build and maintain…

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Resilience After Violence: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This document summarizes an article that reviews the prevalence of workplace violence in child welfare, describes prevention strategies, suggests a…

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CWIG Workforce Podcast Series Episode 3: Child Welfare Scholars

Hear about a NCWWI university-agency partnership between the University of North Dakota Department of Social Work and the North Dakota…

Championing the Role of Child Welfare Professionals

This document provides strategies for improving workforce satisfaction and retention by proactively championing the difference that child welfare professionals make…

Championing the Role of Child Welfare Professionals

This document provides strategies for improving workforce satisfaction and retention by proactively championing the difference that child welfare professionals make…

Championing the Role of Child Welfare Professionals

This document provides strategies for improving workforce satisfaction and retention by proactively championing the difference that child welfare professionals make…

Rural Child Welfare Practice

This issue brief highlights the importance of understanding the concerns and needs of children and families in rural communities, their…

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Rural Child Welfare Practice

This issue brief highlights the importance of understanding the concerns and needs of children and families in rural communities, their…

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Implementing Change (9 minute microlearning)

When working in an environment of constant change, it is helpful to use a framework to help us navigate the turbulence…

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ICWA Guide for Tribal Governments and Leaders

This guide provides recommended actions that tribal leadership can take towards ensuring compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).…

Child Welfare Supervision: Coaching Conversations

This presentation explores the elements of creating a learning culture, integrating coaching into supervisory practice, and identifying strategies for successful…

Coaching in Supervision

This resource provides handouts that explore the elements of creating a learning culture, integrating coaching into supervisory practice, and identifying…

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Child Protective Services Transformation: Evaluation of CPS Professional Development

This report presents findings related to the CPS Professional Development model for new caseworkers and synthesizes findings with additional outcomes…

A State and Local Government Leader’s Guide to Building the Public Workforce of the Future

This guide has examples of effective strategies that can serve as a roadmap to help state and local government agencies…

Balancing Head & Heart California’s Child Welfare Workforce

This newsletter from the California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership examines the valuable and complex work performed by California’s child welfare…

Balancing Head & Heart California’s Child Welfare Workforce

This newsletter from the California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership examines the valuable and complex work performed by California’s child welfare…

2017 State Roundtable Report Caseworker Retention Workgroup - Pennsylvania

This report contains several resources to examine local caseworker retention to include guidance for calculating the cost of turnover within…
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